Local History Blog: Bronx River Parkway

If you ever walk along the Bronx River Parkway and want to supplement your experience with some local history, check out the White Plains Collection. Below are some examples of materials that illuminate more than just the history of the parkway. We have documents about the building of the parkway and the economic impact of the parkway. One could also trace the history of “green spaces” in American planning or how publicly funded projects supported the growth of the suburbs.

 

1918-BRPMap

Map from Bronx Parkway Commission, 1918.

 

1925-FinalReportBRCommission

Photographs from the Bronx Parkway Commission final report, 1925.

1925-FinalReportBRCommission-b

Photographs from the Bronx Parkway Commission final report, 1925.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1937-NolenHubbardHarvard

From “Parkways and Land Values” by John Nolen and Henry V. Hubbard, Harvard University Press, 1937.

1937-NolenHubbardHarvard-b

From “Parkways and Land Values” by John Nolen and Henry V. Hubbard, Harvard University Press, 1937.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1954-WCParkways

From “Westchester Parkway Reconstruction: Preliminary Engineering Report,” Edwards, Kelcey, and Beck, 1954.

1980-BronxRiverRestoration

Cover of “Bronx River Restoration Master Plan,” produced by Bronx River Restoration and the Stein Partnership, 1980.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1983-BronxRiverRetrospective

From “Bronx River Retrospective: 300 Years of Life Along the Bronx River Valley” by the Greenburgh Nature Center and the Scarsdale Historical Society, 1983.

2000-WalkersGuide

Cover of “A Walker’s Guide to the Bronx River Parkway Reservation” by the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation, 2000.

Categories: History.